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Dia de las Madres Serenta Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School  led by Prof. John Contreras

Dia de las Madres Serenta
Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School
led by Prof. John Contreras

I have been doing increasingly complex necklace designs.  Wednesday, I made a big mistake, which I did not discover until today.   Hours of work wasted, hours of work undoing the necklace. Yesterday, I took a beading class that really taxed my skills.  So wouldn’t you think that between the class and the catastrophe,  I would take some time off. Well I did for about an hour. I went and listened to a young people’s group play Mariachi music. Now back to beading.  A high school Mariachi band is another unique feature of living in Tucson.  Here is a web page extract

Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School

Address: 3500 S. 12th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85713
Phone: Johnny Contreras, director – (520) 225-4300

Description of performance focus: Tucson’s widely known Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo has gain their respects mainly from the enthusiasm of the students.

Style of music: Mariachi music has been the historical preservation that is practiced in Tucson. Originated in Jalisco, Mexico, Tucson high school students perform songs in the style of rancheros, huapangos and son huasteco for homage of this past.

Background and training: Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo was founded in the fall of 1992 as a curricular component within the Pueblo High Magnet School Performing Arts department by Mr. Richard Carranza. Comprised entirely of Pueblo High Magnet School students ranging in the age from 14 to 18 years old, the mariachi program has grown from eleven students in its first year to well over one hundred and twenty students currently. Students are offered three levels of mariachi music: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced/Performing group – “Mariachi Aztlán”.

Students entering the performing group must, after audition and acceptance, maintain a high level of academic achievement in order to remain on the “first team”. Their extensive practice and performance schedule also demands most of their free time. The seventeen-piece Mariachi Aztlán is motivated by pride and a dedication to their cultural heritage of Mexico.  Watch them on youtube

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